Food icons of Iloilo, Bacolod and Puerto Princesa

Bring a taste of all things local back home for everyone to enjoy

Filipinos love celebrations where food is the centerpiece and each Philippine city has its own specialty. The Covid-19 pandemic may have limited our chance to attend big gatherings, but celebrations over good food while following strict health protocols, is possible. It is either a small gathering or take out food.

Cravings satisfied at SM Malls

It’s a good thing there’s a place to satisfy all the Pinoy food cravings, one that has the highest regard for safety. The nearest SM malls have a large selection of local food to choose from.

SM malls in the Western Visayas region, namely SM City Iloilo, SM City Bacolod, and including SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan, are putting the spotlight on the food that is the pride of the respective cities.

Here are some of the most iconic food available at these malls.

Chicken Deli, napoleones of Merzci Pasalubong, and Bongbong’s Piaya and Barquillos; SM City Bacolod

Iconic Food of Bacolod

Chicken Inasal. Ask any Bacolodnon what’s the dish best known in the City of Smiles and 100 percent will answer “chicken inasal”. Inasal means “grilled,” but the Bacolod chicken inasal has a taste so distinct because of the special marinade and basting. Chicken Deli has been specializing in this local favorite for close to 40 years.

Piaya and napoleones. What else is there to eat and fiesta around in Bacolod but piaya and napoleones especially those who love sweets. Both are sugar-based, and in the island of Negros, sugar is a-plenty. Piaya shines the spotlight on its muscovado-based filling while napoleones shines with it custard filling and sweet glaze. Both can be satisfied at Merzci and Bongbong’s for take out, or pair it with coffee at Felicia’s or Quan’s.

Ted’s Oldtimer Lapaz Batchoy, Aligue rice of Breakthrough Restaurant, and oysters of Bistro Ocean City; SM City Iloilo

Iconic Food of Iloilo

Batchoy. The perfect hearty noodle soup for anytime of the day. This steaming bowl of broth is definitely all-Pinoy and an icon in Ilonggo cuisine. The ingredients to match the noodles are top-notch: pork broth with strips of chicken, pork, liver, fried garlic, crispy chicharon, and egg, too.

Aligue Rice. Fried in crab fat, also known as taba ng talangka or aligue, the result is a flavorful, aromatic rice dish that will turn on the appetite meter to full blast. It pairs well with everything! Breakthrough Restaurant’s version is said to be the best in Iloilo.

Baked Talaba. Oysters, the freshest one can get is from Panay Island. They are cooked by simply dipping them, still in shells, into boiling hot water. They can also be cooked different ways; eating them baked topped with cheese and garlic is a whole new experience for the taste buds. Bistro Ocean City has perfected this dish to a T.

Bánh Phở Chaolong (SM City Puerto Princesa)

Iconic Food of Puerto Princesa

Chaolong. Inspired by the Vietnamese pho, this is a noodle soup tweaked for the Filipino palate. Any Palaweño will tell you it is their ultimate comfort food. Bánh Phở Chaolong has a flavorful and aromatic stew, allowing a taste of both cultures, Vietnamese and Filipino.

SM Malls also feature other local delicacies. Bring a taste of all things local back home for everyone to enjoy./

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